As though to remind me that I do, in fact, want to leave, Japan gave me lots of smoking tonight. It was by no means ‘a lot’ of smoking. However, compared to no smoking, it a was really a lot. My eyes burned a little, everything with me smelled horrible afterward, and my throat, hours later, still hurts a lot.
As I mentioned the silly situation of how the “non-smoking” was set up in the restaurant, – one table in the center, with all surrounding tables being the smoking section – I noticed how I have never seen a single advertisement of any kind that commented on the dangers of smoking. The closest thing I’ve seen has been the posters reminding kids that people under 20 can’t smoke or drink. Otherwise, though, no one seems to want to spread the word about how smoking is more than just a nasty habit, but an incredibly dangerous one. I guess that’s what happens when the government has a big hand in the tobacco business.
Total bummer. Otherwise, I could have had a chance at actually enjoying Japan more than occasionally.